Furi

A stylish, mechanically polished boss rush game, Furi effectively channels the spirit of Punch-Out!! to make for an unexpected gem.

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Totally boss.

Independently developed self-published games (or "indie games" as per the common vernacular) are known for a lot of things. They're typified as quirky experiments like Minecraft, high brow narrative dramas like Dear Esther, peculiar puzzlers like Limbo, and novel arcade affairs like Hotline Miami. But they're not known for third-person action games. After all, who would want to compete in the same field as the likes of Bayonetta, Devil May Cry or Dark Souls with a minuscule budget? Surely these games must take endless playtesting to perfect. Yet smalltime Montpellier-based studio The Game Bakers (Squids Odyssey) has risen to the challenge with its latest boss fight only affair Furi. The results are glorious.

Furi

Developer: The Game Bakers

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Boss fight game Furi reveals release date and price

Boss fight game Furi reveals release date and price

Coming to PS4 and PC next month for €24.99.

Furi, an action game comprised entirely of boss fights, is due on 5th July for PS4 and PC (via Steam), developer The Game Bakers has announced.

We've covered Furi before, but here's a recap: A mysterious hero is pitted against a variety of bosses to regain their freedom. Your move set is limited to shooting, slashing, parrying, and dodging. That's it.

"It's a game that requires skills and reflexes. No button mashing or combo learning," the developer said in an email to Eurogamer.

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All boss action game Furi releases new trailer

All boss action game Furi releases new trailer

"Easy to learn, hard to master."

Furi is one of those perfectly simple but winning premises that's so immediately easy to grasp and appealing that you can't help but fall in love with it. An action game comprised entirely of boss fights, Furi mixes the speed and colourful palette of Bayonetta with the isometric perspective of Zelda and the simplicity of Titan Souls or Punch-Out!!

As detailed on the PlayStation Blog, Furi only offers you seven moves. You can dodge, swing your sword, shoot and parry. Beyond that, there are charged variants of these maneuvers so you can strike harder, stun an opponent with a more powerful shot, or dodge further. That's it.

"The gameplay is the essence of the catch line 'easy to learn, hard to master,'" said developer Emeric Thoa.

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